Colorado Avalanche: Catching up with the Players at IIHF Worlds

Sweden's Gabriel Landeskog (L) and Slovakia's Marcel Hascak vie for the puck during the Ice Hockey World Championship match between Sweden and Slovakia in the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, 15 May 2017. Photo: Monika Skolimowska/dpa (Photo by Monika Skolimowska/picture alliance via Getty Images)
Sweden's Gabriel Landeskog (L) and Slovakia's Marcel Hascak vie for the puck during the Ice Hockey World Championship match between Sweden and Slovakia in the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, 15 May 2017. Photo: Monika Skolimowska/dpa (Photo by Monika Skolimowska/picture alliance via Getty Images) /
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BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA – MAY 16: #92 Gabriel Landeskog of Sweden celebrates his goal with teammates during the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Slovakia group game between Sweden and Austria at Ondrej Nepela Arena on May 16, 2019 in Bratislava, Slovakia. (Photo by RvS.Media/Robert Hradil/Getty Images) /

Gabriel Landeskog

Both Tyson Jost and Philipp Grubauer headed directly for Slovakia after the locker clean-out day. However, Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog took the time to head to Vegas for Girard’s birthday celebration. Indeed, it was almost a surprise when he turned up in Slovakia.

Here’s the Swedish introduction of Landeskog:

Our captain speaks English without an accent, so it’s always a little odd, in a fun way, for me to hear him speak his native Swedish.

Anyway, while Landeskog was apparently a little worried about being pranked upon his arrival, the nervousness didn’t carry through to his game performance:



Apparently Vegas wasn't too much for Gabe, nor was an international flight spanning eight time zones. Because he played in the game that night and scored seemingly right away.

Indeed, he recorded a goal and two assists that night:


Naturally, here in Avs Nation we are very proud of our Swedish captain, even when he's not scoring goals for the Colorado Avalanche:

Our cap.... simply likes to be in pictures:

Team Sweden is number-four in Group B, earning three wins and a regulation loss for nine points. Landeskog has played in just one game, earning that goal and two assists to help the Swedes to a victory over Austria.

Sweden next plays on May 18 against the Swiss.